VW Golf BlueMotion: Impressively frugal car goes on sale

The BlueMotion is one of the world’s most fuel-efficient family cars and we are about to see a lot of them on our roads.

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The new Golf BlueMotion offers impressive fuel economy of 88.3 mpg on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km, and offers customer all of the Golf’s traditional attributes of practicality, comfort and safety.

The VW Golf BlueMotion’s fuel economy is 15% better than that of the previous-generation model, which emitted 99 g/km (now the emissions of a standard VW Golf 1.6-litre TDI).

The original VW Golf BlueMotion, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007, returned, at that time, a class-leading 62.8 mpg with emissions of 119 g/km – figures now surpassed by even the range-topping diesel, the 184 PS Golf GTD.

With its 50-litre fuel tank and 88.3 mpg fuel consumption, the VW Golf BlueMotion has a theoretical range of 970 miles.

Assuming an average annual driving distance of under 10,000 miles, most drivers will only have to refuel 10 times a year.  That’s just TEN times!

Road tax won’t be an issue, either – the VW Golf BlueMotion is in Band A, meaning it’s zero pounds a year.

VW have managed to reduce vehicle’s fuel consumption by using a lightweight design (including 26 kg less weight in the running gear and 37 kg less in the body) and engine-related modifications.

Other measures include super low rolling resistance tyres with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios for the six-speed manual gearbox, the Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems that are standard in all new Golfs, plus some specific aerodynamic modifications.

At the heart of the VW Golf BlueMotion is a new 1.6-litre 110 PS common rail TDI and the four-cylinder 16-valve unit develops its maximum torque of 250 Nm from just 1,500 rpm up to 3,000 rpm.

VW’s boffins have also been working reducing internal friction, creating an innovative thermal management system with shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation, cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switchable electric water pump and water-cooled intercooler right in the intake manifold result in successfully reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

There’s also an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter.

Prices for the VW Golf BlueMotion start at £20,335 for the three-door and rise to £20,990 for the five-door, with specification based on that of the standard Golf S with orders taken now being delivered in August.

While this is a great car and likely to save the average motorist a small fortune in fuel bills, it’s still important to see how much the VW Golf BlueMotion will cost with a leasing package to save yet more money.

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